2 May 2007 Intelligent unmanned vehicle systems suitable for individual or cooperative missions
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The Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has been researching autonomous unmanned vehicle systems for over fifteen years. Areas of research have included unmanned ground and aerial vehicles used for hazardous and remote operations as well as teamed together for advanced payloads and mission execution. Areas of application include aerial particulate sampling, cooperative remote radiological sampling, and persistent surveillance including real-time mosaic and geo-referenced imagery in addition to high-resolution still imagery. Both fixed-wing and rotary airframes are used possessing capabilities spanning remote control to fully autonomous operation. Patented INL-developed auto steering technology is taken advantage of to provide autonomous parallel path swathing with either manned or unmanned ground vehicles. Aerial look-ahead imagery is utilized to provide a common operating picture for the ground and air vehicles during cooperative missions. This paper will discuss the various robotic vehicles, including sensor integration, used to achieve these missions and anticipated cost and labor savings.
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Matthew O. Anderson, Mark D. McKay, and Derek C. Wadsworth "Intelligent unmanned vehicle systems suitable for individual or cooperative missions", Proc. SPIE 6561, Unmanned Systems Technology IX, 65610E (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718540; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.718540

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